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Strum Und Twang

What’s up with folk and country

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Jeremiah Clark and the Charmers play at Joe Squared in Station North on Oct. 26 in honor of the release of their new alt-country record, Bad and Gettin’ Worse. For more information, visit

On Nov. 3 at Metro Gallery, the Mole Suit Choir, the duo made up of Normal’s Books’ Rupert Wondolowski and Liz Downing, celebrates their Ehse Records debut, Campfire Spacesuit, along with banjo maestro Nathan Bell, plus Liz Durette and Stephanie Barber. We’ve been hooked on Liz and Rupert’s harmonies for a while now and are certain you won’t want to miss this. For more information, visit

On Nov. 6, John Fogerty—yes, the badass motherfucker of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame and one of the best songwriters we can think of—will be at the Lyric Opera House, where he will play a Creedence album, either Cosmo’s Factory or Bayou Country, in its entirety. The Lyric ain’t exactly a front porch, but you can still sit back and listen to Fogerty listenin’ to Buck Owens.

If seeing Ned Oldham pickin’ and frownin’ in Matt Porterfield’s I Used to Be Darker got you nostalgic for the days when the Oldham brothers played around more often, Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, will be playing at the Rams Head in Annapolis with Ami Dang on Nov. 21.

On Nov. 22, alt-country mainstays June Star celebrate their 15th anniversary as a band at the Windup Space. Then, right after that, on Nov. 24 at Metro Gallery, there’s a night of female-fronted folk going down with Sweet Saro, the Happy Hours, and Letitia Van Sant, who is still in the studio with her new band recording a record slated to be released in March.

And speaking of the Happy Hours, the husbad-and-wife duo of local bass legend Jake Leckie and Rebeccca Messner are also in the studio, finishing up their debut album. But sadly for S&T to report, they are moving to the West Coast early next year. So see ’em while you can.

Finally, the Country Devils just came out with a hot new album with the great title The Quick & the Don’t Get Any, so look out for them.

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